Rebecca Ahimsa-Rae

Rebecca Ahimsa-Rae

Activist

An activist of many guises, I have been on a steep learning trajectory since becoming vegan just over 8 years ago. It has been a wonderful, terrifying, daunting, inspiring, painful but ultimately incredibly exciting journey that continues daily. My passion is finding new ways to reach people hence the forays into different areas – radio presenting, writing, events organising, outreach, direct action, public speaking, campaigning, demos, volunteer days and more. There have been varying levels of success (and stress!) attached to each, but every experience teaches me something valuable that I then take to my next venture. My current projects are a 3-day festival at The Retreat Animal Sanctuary in July; a nationwide rodenticide campaign to remove this devastating poison from public sale; and a new CIC – Garden Guardians – set up to help people reconnect with the nature & wildlife on their doorstep. I fervently believe that working collaboratively is the key to strong, impactful actions and I am fortunate enough to be partnering with some incredible organisations and individuals, gaining much knowledge as we work together. I am an optimist, a believer in magic and have a fierce love for life in all its wondrous forms. I believe we are on the cusp of monumental change and aim to do all I can to see this come to fruition in the most positive of ways.

Saturday
2:00pm

R3: Restore Panel

Join us for an enlightening discussion on the role of transitioning to a plant-based food system in environmental restoration, reforestation and ecosystem recovery. Learn from experts and campaigners about the need for a holistic approach to healing our planet, building resilience, and mitigating climate change through nature-based solutions.

Discover the importance of restoring key ecosystems, such as mangroves, peat bogs, forests, grasslands, and seagrass beds, and the role of reforestation projects in carbon sequestration and habitat restoration. Dive into the potential of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) and the conversion of existing Marine Protected Areas to no-fishing zones to address the ocean crisis.

Explore how subsidies and incentives can support farmers and landowners in good land stewardship, rewilding, reforestation, and transitioning from animal agriculture to diversified plant-based food production. Discuss the role of cities in increasing green spaces, wildlife corridors, and local growing schemes to enhance biodiversity and food justice.

Examine strategies for repurposing land, freed up from animal grazing and feed production, for rewilding, nature reserves and community gardens. Delve into the potential of shifting land ownership into community hands for reforestation, green space, and community food projects.

Plant Based Treaty (Saturday) full timetable